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Hackensack Chainsaw Event to celebrate 10 years Sept. 26-28

The sound of chainsaws will be reverberating through Hackensack on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 26-28, with the 10th annual Hackensack Chainsaw Event featuring 12 carvers.

The sound of chainsaws will be reverberating through Hackensack on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 26-28, with the 10th annual Hackensack Chainsaw Event featuring 12 carvers.

To mark the event's 10th anniversary, three master carvers who participated in the first years of this event will return, including Bob King of Reedsport, Oregon; Dayton Scoggins of Sandersville, Mississippi; and Jeff Mohr of Oxford, Wisconsin.

King is an international champion sculptor and has represented the United States in chainsaw carving competitions around the world, and in 2010 was presented with a star in the Chainsaw Carvers Walk of Fame in Mulda, Germany, for winning more competitions than anyone in the world.

He is part of the three-man Echo-USA Chainsaw Carving Team. King is known for his speed, attention to details and his record of first-place medals in carving competitions.

Scoggins has been carving for 13 years and was the winner in the first chainsaw event in Hackensack 10 years ago. After hurricanes damaged much of the Mississippi coast, Scoggins was hired to carve sculptures on the desiccated trees along the coastal highway. He has won various chainsaw competitions both in the United States and other countries.

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Mohr has been carving full time for 24 years and started carving after he saw someone carving while working for a tree service in Illinois. He says the inspiration for carving is the need to express himself.

There will also be local carvers represented, including Chris Kuehn of Hackensack, owner of Detour North. Kuehn holds a carving contest every Labor Day called Carve for Kids with proceeds going to programs for children. Kuehn is an artist in more mediums as well so his finishing touches add an extra dimension to his work.

Also coming is Molly Wiste, an art teacher for the Pequot Lakes Schools.

Other familiar carvers include Joe Semler of Isanti; Chad Danczyk of Mosinee, Wisconsin; Bronson Fisher of Grantsburg, Wisconsin; Jon MykKanen and Marie Serafin of Republic, Michigan; Curtis Ingvoldstad of Nerstrand; and Travis Kimball of Waterloo, Iowa.

There will be two quick carves - at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 - where the carver has an hour and a half to complete a carving and finish it for auction.

All of the carvings done during the event will be put up for auction starting at noon Sunday, Sept. 28.

In addition to the chainsaw carving, the event features the All American Lumberjack Show, with a special showFriday, Sept. 26, for area school children. There will be food and artisan vendors and a variety of family games.

The action begins at 9 a.m. every day and ends at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday as preparation for the auction begins.

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Admission is $5, which is good for all three days, and kids under age 12 are free. There is free parking around Hackensack and shuttle service is available to the event area.

Sponsors of the event are the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce, the Hackensack Lions, the Hackensack American Legion Post #202 family and the city of Hackensack.

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